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This is a small group guided holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
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A hectic but Highly Enjoyable Chinese tour. With time to soak up the Chinese way of life.
Some people say there great wall is just a wall, true, but it is very impressive and the Mutianyu Section which you visit offers great views of the countryside and amazing photo opportunities, is not overly touristy.
Xi'an is a very metropolitan city, the cycle round the city walls is a great opportunity to see the city from many angles. Use the free time to visit the market's near the Great Mosque and sample some of the foods in the Muslim Market (deep fried squid with cayenne pepper is surprisingly nice). This is a good place to practice your bartering skills and pick up some souvenirs for those not lucky enough to be experiencing it first hand.
Spending some time on my own exploring the 'backpacker Mecca' of Yangshuo and hanging out with the locals in the bars. You may be lucky enough to have drinks bought for you and interact with groups of locals who will not accept a drink bought back (as much as we tried). Cycling round the countryside and Karst mountains of Yangshuo is an experience not to be missed. The roads may seem hectic in town but once you are out they are generally quieter than UK country roads. (plus a car never creeps up on you because they like to use their horns in China).
Hong Kong is again very metropolitan with a lot of high earning young people. Try to see as much as you can of this city. We visited the big Buddha in the afternoon. It was very busy but well worth the hour and a half wait for the cable car up to it. If time allows try to book at least an extra day and spend more time here. They speak very good English in Hong Kong so you don't need to rely on your tour guide and can navigate the city very well using the underground.
William Li made this tour.
He was a very likable and amenable person who made the whole experience better than I could have expected. No request or question was too much or unanswerable.
If your time and budget allows, book another couple of days either at the start of the trip in Beijing or the end of the trip in Hong Kong. There's so much to see and do in both these cities, as well as the main stream tourist itineraries its good to wander and see the local way of life.
Anywhere in china you may be approached by teenagers or children asking to talk to you in English. They will use the excuse of home work set by their teacher but they just want to practice their skills. If you have time its good to do this and it invariably ends in a group photo or more people wanting to speak to you. This may seem odd to us but its just what they do and a 5 minute conversation never hurt anyone.
For a whistle stop tour of china this is a good start. Like I have mentioned if time allows book and extra couple of days at the start or end of your tour, you won't regret it.
A fantastic experience . The organisation, places we visited , food , local contact all excellent. I cannot recommend this trip highly enough
The Great Wall and Terracotta Army were my main reasons to visit but many places/people became highlights. Victoria Harbour at night , Yangshuo the tea ceremony plus many others. The trip was packed with amazing experiences . Fantastic value for money
JINGZHEN LU was our group leader for ACW150903
I cannot speak highly enough of her . Nothing was too much trouble. Her sense of humour was brilliant and her local knowledge was invaluable. I would rate her as the best guide I have ever been on a trip with.
Cash better than relying on cards
Exodus couldn't have used a better guide or planned a better trip. It was fantastic
A packed itinerary which ensures a fantastic experience of different parts of China
Too many to single out. Whilst the expected highlights of the Great Wall and Terracotta Army were fantastic, I really enjoyed meeting the local people our guide introduced us to, eating delicious lunches in their homes and the cycling and River Li trips in Yangshuo.
Jenny Lu was incredible, what energy!! She spoke excellent English, had a great sense of humour, and soon got to know all the personalities in our group of 9. Her organisation was spot on and she adjusted itineraries and accommodated requests (for example we wanted to visit the Birds Nest Olympic Stadium in Beijing) too. Jenny made the trip very special and felt very much part of our group.
Be prepared for wet weather (it rained incessantly in Beijing) and take a coat and fold up brolly. Only take battery packs (for phone charging) if they are labelled as such or they will be confiscated at the Chinese airports. Travel light but leave enough room in your case for snapping up bargains at the markets!
This is a fast paced trip so you need plenty of stamina, but try everything that's on offer as every activity was interesting and such good value. The second night on the sleeper train has been replaced by a day time 'bullet train' which was brilliant (300kmh).
In cities and hotels you'll find the toilets pretty much match western standards. In the more remote areas and on motorway toilet stops, the majority of toilets will be squat toilets. It's recommended that you carry your own toilet paper as this isn't always provided at toilet stops once you leave bigger cities.
Charlotte Taylor - China Operations
Overall, pretty good! The overnight train will be booked in first-class sleeper A/C, sleepers are four berth and bedding is provided. It's quite a common and comfortable way to travel in China and long gone are the days of the "Iron Rooster"! You can buy drinks, beer and pots of instant noodles on board but you may wish to purchase your own food prior to the journey as well.
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
The unit of currency in China is the Yuan, also known as Renminbi (RMB).
Exchange facilities are readily available in all the big cities, and many of the hotels that we stay in also have foreign exchange facilities that do not charge a commission as the banks do. Exchange facilities may be limited in smaller towns. Please note that if you wish to change RMB back into hard currency when you leave China, you may have to produce your exchange certificates to do this. Both Sterling cash and dollars are fine to take. You may want to get some local currency before travelling but it is not 100% necessary, as the leader will help you change some on arrival.
There are ATMs almost everywhere in China, either actually in or close by the hotels we use, in the major towns and cities. Most but not all ATMs will take British/ European style cards, but your leader will be able to advise you.
Charlotte Taylor - China Operations
Regulations have recently changed, meaning you now need additional supporting documentation in order to get your visa and confirm all arrrangements.
Full details of how to apply are in the Chinese Visa Information Sheet which comes with your original booking confirmation. Please read this carefully. If all your paperwork is in order, your visa normally comes back within a week or so, although you should allow up to 3 weeks to be on the safe side.
Joanna Zubr - China Operations
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